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All beekeeper certificates of registration expire on June 29 each year.
The Alberta Bee Act and its Regulation regulate beekeeping in Alberta. Beekeeper registration is mandatory. The certificate of registration is valid from the time it is issued to the following June 29.
Your beekeeper registration information is used for monitoring diseases and pests to ensure healthy bees. It also keeps industry statistics up to date.
If you are planning to purchase honey bees or equipment for the first time, see our fact sheet, Purchasing honey bees or equipment in Alberta: questions to ask and things to consider.
Step 1: Complete the form
Complete the Beekeeper Registration form. There are different ways to get a form:
|Beekeeper Registration form (PDF, 52 KB)
||Print Beekeeper Registration form (PDF, 52 KB).
|Troubleshooting tips for using online form:
||No access to a printer?
Step 2. Send completed form
Send your completed Beekeeper Registration form to the Office of the Provincial Apiculturist by email, fax or mail. See contact information below.
If you are on a mobile or tablet you can also take a screenshot and email it as a large photo.
Step 3. After you apply
After sending in your registration form, Bee Health Assurance staff may contact you to verify your information.
Once your registration is processed, the team will send you a certificate with a beekeeper registration number and an expiry date of June 29 the following year.
Registration renewal and updates
Renewals: beekeepers are required to renew their registration annually or for any major changes during the current registration year. To renew your registration, see Registration submission above.
Updates: send all applicable registration updates to the Bee Health assurance Team by email or mail. Updates could include:
- contact information (such as mailing address, phone number, email)
- number of colonies
- purchase of bees or queens
- purchase of used equipment
- changes to apiary locations (county/municipality/city location only)
Used beekeeping equipment (hive boxes) can harbour diseases and pests for many years even when honey bees are not present. This is why registering used equipment is required and important for honey bee health. For more information, see Honey bee pests and diseases.
If you no longer own beekeeping equipment or honey bee colonies, we will need the following information to remove your information from our database:
- The name of who you sold or gave the colonies or used equipment to, or what was done with the hive boxes
Once we receive this information, your information will be removed from our system. If you still own used equipment, you are required to register annually.
Premises Identification Number
The Premises Identification Number (PID) is provided through Alberta’s traceability program and is separate from the Bee Health Assurance program. Beekeepers need a PID number to access medications for honey bee diseases and pests. Register with the animal Premises Identification Program.
Connect with the Office of the Provincial Apiculturist:
Bee Health Assurance Team
Crop Diversification Centre North
17507 Fort Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5Y 6H3
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